In this edition, we dive into the mother of all denim, literally, the mom jean. From boyfriend jeans to dad jeans; there seems to be no end of denim that you can borrow (steal) from someone else.

Mom jeans scored 180 for the trend cycle. What was once reserved for “uncool moms” in the 80s and 90s is now the go-to denim look. The style sits high waisted, is loose through the thighs but then tapers at the ankle so it’s not too baggy. They are the middle ground between the skinny millennial and the wide leg Gen Z.

But what triggered this resurgence? Maybe it’s 90s nostalgia, or maybe it’s because we prefer a little more room in our jeans after living in joggers for the past few years. Either way, we don’t care, we’re just glad the trend is back.

But with so many styles on offer, shopping for mom jeans isn’t easy. The best pairs will feel comfortable enough to move around but stiff enough to last a good few years – plus anything too stretchy will inevitably have to be tugged every five seconds. When it comes to researching your body shape, it helps to know which brands cater to big and small legs (Gap) or can create curvaceous curves like no one else. Lucky you, because we’ve done the hard work for you and picked out the best mum jeans to buy in 2022 – starting at just £24.99.

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The best high waisted mom jeans

Mom Loose Ultra High Jeans

How high is too high for high waisted jeans? We would wear them up to our noses if we could. H&M is a great place to go for bargain basics; and if, like us, you like a high waistband, this £25 pair is perfect.


The best black mom jeans

Good mother

good american, Cosmos Cover girl Khloé Kardashian’s brand really has it all figured out when it comes to denim cuts, especially if you’re curvier on your thighs and butt. The Good Mom (we love what she did there) features a tapered leg and expert fade to create that coveted look.


The best Scandinavian jeans

Mom Extra High Lash Jeans

Weekday really cracked the Scandi-basic aesthetic; this basic pair will accompany you throughout a panicked “nothing to wear” morning.


The best classic mom jeans

Women’s 90s Original 501 Jeans

Bow down to the most famous cut of jeans: the Levi 501. This model has been worn by everyone from Bella Hadid to 90s sweetheart Winona Ryder. Chances are this was the cut your mom wore back in the day, so if you want an authentic take on this trend, look no further.


The best oversized mom jeans

Oversized mom jeans

From the famous Jamie to the dear Topshop Jonie, we’ll always love your denim. While the stores may have closed (*sobs*), we’re not quite free for the Topshop choke just yet. This pure black oversized pair is a roomier take on the classic mommy fit, but still has the narrowing through the leg.


Best Curved Mom Jeans

CRVY Georgine mom jeans

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Call it curvy girls – you’ll love these jeans. They have the classic high waist, but without that annoying waist gap – praise it. 🙌


The best corduroy mom jeans

Corduroy slouchy high-rise mom jeans



If you go for this denim cut, you can also immerse yourself in 90s nostalgia with these biscuit beige corduroy mom jeans. Pair it with a tee for the complete vintage aesthetic.


The best retro mom jeans

Riya high-rise tapered jeans



Embrace the ’80s with this acid-washed pair. Super high waisted, with a detachable denim belt to cinch your waist, these jeans will make your body look stunning. Wear with large, bold hoops to up the retro factor.


Best petite mom jeans

High waist mom jeans



Children of the 2000s, rejoice! It’s official: Abercrombie & Fitch is getting cool again. What impressed us most about this pair of mom jeans were the sizing options. Leg length ranges from very short to long (so more DIY length for little huns), while the size ranges from 23 to 37. This particular pair also comes in eight different washes and, naturally, we want them all.


The best mom jeans to splurge on

The Scrapper Cuff Ankle Fray

Mom jeans from Mother? Logic. This pair features cuffed hems for a relaxed feel and is finished with ink drawings and doodles of The Cure lyrics – these couldn’t get more ’90s if they tried. This pair is definitely a splurge, but will get you tons of compliments.


Ideal for a night out

Black high waist mom jeans

The dark wash denim of these jeans will easily take you from day to night glam – just swap the trainers for a pair of heels. You’ll also be grateful for the rubber band when drawing shapes on the dance floor.


The best white mom jeans

The Modern Straight Simply White Distressed

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White jeans are definitely for the brave (and definitely not the accident prone). But if you can manage to avoid any ketchup or coffee spills, a quality pair will be a useful addition to your spring/summer wardrobe. Pair yours with a sailor top for some Emily in Paris elegant.


The best high waisted mom jeans

High waisted mom jeans with Washwell

This dark indigo wash on these jeans makes them so easy to dress up or wear. Similar to Abercrombie, street favorite Gap has great sizing options – you can choose from petite, regular and tall fits with every pair. Even with the regular fit pair, you can customize the inseam to be regular or tall, so it’s a great option for girls with extra long limbs.


Delmont zebra mom jeans



This zebra print pair from Jigsaw really caught our eye. The copper hardware stands out against the indigo blue and the print adds a bit of something to your everyday denim.


Ideal for vintage aesthetics

High waist mom jeans

Levi’s deserves two spots on our list because it’s, well, Levi’s. This is another pair of drawstrings, but this time in a rusty red – perfect for a vintage-inspired fall palette. Denim is a blend of cotton and elastane, so ideal if you prefer to give your jeans a little more flexibility.


The best rigid mom jeans

High waist mom jeans

These jeans are made from a pure cotton blend, it’s a real stiff denim, so if you want a little more room we recommend sizing up. Mango also has a great range of adjustments; ranging from a UK size 4-26.


The best patchwork denim

Two-tone Taiki jeans

These jeans have cool two-tone panels that help elongate your limbs – a new take on mom style.


The best cropped mom jeans

The Richlake Original

Frame, born in Los Angeles CA, is a fashion brand known for its denims, leathers and cottons. Pair these ankle length jeans with a pair of white trainers and white ribbed socks for a laid back Cali vibe.

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